Burnaby Scottish Country Dance Club


Burnaby Scottish Country Dance Club

More Photos from the 40th Anniversary Dance


Interview with Gerry Stensgaard and Rosemary Coupe
Kendra Hart & Rebecca Johnstone, BCIT Broadcast Journalism, (c) 2009.

A short “radio documentary” about Burnaby Scottish Country Dance Club that was prepared by BCIT students as part of their practicum.

The Burnaby Scottish Country Dance Club offers a warm welcome to all who would like to experience the joys of Scottish country dancing:

  • Beginner and intermediate/experienced dancing classes are offered on Monday evenings September through April. Class hours are 7:00 – 7:30 pm for beginners and 7:30 – 10:00 pm for general dancing. Classes are held at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC.
  • Scottish country dancing, also known as “the ballroom dancing of Scotland”, is energetic, enjoyable and sociable. It is performed in “sets” similar to square dancing. As a non-competitive recreational activity, it is quite distinct from Highland Dancing. It is good for the body, the mind, and the soul.
  • No experience is necessary to begin, and one doesn’t need to be Scottish!
  • You do not need to bring a partner. For sociability’s sake, dancing with many different partners is encouraged.
  • Music consists of reels, jigs and strathspeys, primarily played by fiddle and accordion bands, but occasionally played on bagpipes. You can’t help but dance when you hear this music!
  • Dress for class should be chosen for comfort and ease of movement: skirt or dress for ladies, and casual pants or kilt for men.
  • Footwear generally consists of ghillies or ballet slippers, but any light shoe may be worn to begin.
  • Perhaps you are not sure if Scottish country dancing is for you? To make it easier for you to decide, your first two classes comprise a free trial period.

The Burnaby Scottish Country Dance Club (BSCSC) was formed in 1972. The club has three qualified dancing teachers: Diane Coulombe, Rosemary Coupe and Cathrine Conings. Rosemary retired, after 26 years as the club teacher, in the spring of 2016 and Diane has been welcomed on board as her replacement. The BSCDC hosts an annual dance in March. For many years, the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra has provided the music for this event. Club members also enjoy dancing at many Scottish country dance events held throughout the lower mainland. All members of the BSCDC also belong to the Vancouver Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS). The RSCDS is a worldwide organization that provides essential resources, trains teachers and sets standards for this dance form.

Contact: Diane Coulombe 604.533.0023, dicoulo@gmail.com or Vicki Downey (President) at 604.298.9695, rite2vicki@gmail.com.

The Burnaby Scottish Country Dance Club has an Entertainment Team that is available to perform at community events, retirement homes and health care facilities.

Rosemary Coupe has published an account of the history of SCD in Vancouver from 1930 to the present, with many colour illustrations. If you would like to buy a copy ($20) please contact her at 604.298.6552 or rcoupe@shaw.ca.